Sometimes when I'm out visiting friends in San Francisco, they'll talk trash about Oakland -- except for the nice parts, they'll say, nodding cursorily in my direction. Being a police officer -- a sheepdog -- has been tough in Oakland for as long as I can remember. Residents don't trust their sheepdogs to protect them. Part of it is frustration over the local economy, where the tech sector has left many behind. Part of it is because of the drug war, and what they see as unfairness over the more severe penalties for crack cocaine than the regular old cocaine snorted by, for example, Aaron Sorkin. And recently a part of it is what looks like the murder of Oakland resident Oscar Grant by a BART police officer on New Years' Day. The result of this last is that now, not only do the people of Oakland dislike their sheepdogs, they wonder if the sheepdogs aren't really wolves.
I don't know if Mixon could have been picked up sooner, or less violently, with a timely tip from one of Oakland's sheep. I don't know if Mixon would have had access to assault weapons without living in and around the drug-war inspired gangster culture. But it gives me worries about what's in store for our military in prosecuting the drug war in Afghanistan. RIP, sheepdogs:
Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40
Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43
Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35
-- Uber Pig UPDATE:
It now appears that the fourth officer has died of his wounds. RIP John Hege.